Will we make it to CES 2018 in time? TechRadar’s gutsy road trip begins … now

Armed to the teeth with GoPros, drones, electric skateboards and dozens of other gadgets, we’re heading to the heartland of America and, eventually, to the sanctified halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center for the world-renowned Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018). 

Instead of taking the easy way out and flying there like the 180,000 other attendees, TechRadar is taking a slightly different route - we’re taking a road trip. 

Starting in New York City and ending in Sin City, TechRadar will be seeing the great sights in the US along the way - all while providing you information on the gadgets we brought with us and our predictions for the big show. 

What can you expect from the 2,500-mile trek through the states of New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and New Mexico? 

Well, video logs, live shows and articles while we’re on the road, plus close to a dozen tips and trick guides to help you have an incredible road trip of your own.

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Let's get this show on the road!

The trip officially kicks off on January 1, 2018 and should conclude (we hope) on Monday, January 8, right before LG’s CES keynote. The good news is that, once the road trip across America ends, you’ll be in the right spot to watch all the highlights of CES 2018. Talk about two birds, one stone.

Want behind-the-scenes footage of The Road to the Show? Don't forget to follow our editors, Matt Swider and Nick Pino, on social media (@MattSwider and @PowerstancePino) or use the hashtag #TRCESRoadtrip! 

 TechRadar’s The Road to the Show 2018 sees our intrepid writers braving a cross-country trip across the US, using the best gadgets to bring you their daily travel blog and offering the best tips for a tech-based roadtrip. The journey is brought to you in association with ZTE and the ZTE Axon M, with car transportation provided by Genesis.  

Nick Pino

Nick Pino is Managing Editor, TV and AV for TechRadar's sister site, Tom's Guide. Previously, he was the Senior Editor of Home Entertainment at TechRadar, covering TVs, headphones, speakers, video games, VR and streaming devices. He's also written for GamesRadar+, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade, and he has a degree in computer science he's not using if anyone wants it.